My son was a June baby and will be starting primary in Jan - Easter 08. Our local school is V small, (48 children), with only 3 classes which are obviously mixed. It is walking distance and when visited seems pleasant. It has class sizes of between 13 - 18 and good facilities e.g.: IT room, its own kitchen, large playground and field etc, etc. Earlier this week I went to visit another school which I am slightly out of catchment for. It has over 350 pupils and class sizes of 25 ? 32. It has much better extracurricular activities available, (music, French, clubs etc). I saw the head of both schools and the smaller school was nice but I didn?t leave feeling anything spectacular about the school. The larger schools head was so passionate and had the same core values and principles I consider to be important in a school and I came away V impressed by him.
My question is do I go with the school where the head ?sold? the school even though I will sacrifice the small classes etc or do I go for the local convenient school where the head may well hold the same views as the other head but didn?t really show this. Will my son get ?lost in the system? of a larger school and benefit more from the small one, or will he be cocooned from reality and be better off experiencing the realities of life at a larger school.
This is all so new to me and I just feel like this is such a major decision I don?t want to mess it up! I probably am making this far more complicated that it needs to be!!
Any advice would be much appreciated!!!!!
Large vs Small primary school, (Please help!!!)
luceymay · 22/02/2007 18:55
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